FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE RISE IN PROTEST IN THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION, 1997-2017

Open Access
Author:
Liu, Robert Zhang
Area of Honors:
Asian Studies
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Gretchen G Casper, Thesis Supervisor
  • Jessamyn Reich Abel, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Hong Kong
  • Protest
  • Democracy
Abstract:
This paper investigates the contributing factors leading to the rise in level of protest in Hong Kong between the years of 1997 and 2017. I posited that the independent variables “grievances,” “efficacy,” and “identity” contributed to this increase. Data gathered from opinion polls suggest that “grievances” and “identity” are correlated with the increase in protest. Data gathered from South China Morning Post indicate no significant trend in “efficacy” but analysis of recent major protests in Hong Kong suggest a possibility of an increase. Qualitative analysis of all the data in relation to the variables suggests that “grievances” and “identity” did contribute to the rise in protest, and that the link between “efficacy” and the protests is inconclusive.